The 411 on Upcoming Decorator Show Houses
Always an amazing source of inspiration, but also a fabulous medium for interior designers to proactively give back to their community, Decorator Show Houses are a thing we love! In a quick-fix-oriented, sometimes ignorant world, the importance of these events continues to rise; they provide ample opportunity for advocacy and fundraising for a plethora of good causes from cancer research to education.
From NYC to Pasadena, these upcoming design showhouses are doing just that: using design and art to fight injustice in all its ugly forms. What better way to celebrate artists’ and designers’ power than to use it for positive social change?
And now many are also virtual so you can experience and support even more than just your local ones!
The 411 on Upcoming Decorator Show Houses, 2021 – 2022
Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas
September 24 – October 24, 2021
This year’s 2nd annual Dallas, TX edition of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House will be located at 5138 Deloache Ave in Old Preston Hollow’s Sunnybrook Estates neighborhood. This extraordinary event is both the nation’s leading annual design event and the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club’s top fundraiser.
In 1973, supporters of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Show House in NY. An event created to fundraise for much-needed enrichment programs for New York City’s youth. Five decades later, it has become a prominent event for countless design lovers; noted for igniting design trends around the world, and most importantly, has raised over $25 million for the KB Boys & Girls Club.
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Hampton Designer Showhouse
September 19 – October 31, 2021
The highly acclaimed Hampton Designer Showhouse returned to Southampton, NY with a one-of-a-kind historic restoration presented by HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens). For the past 21 years, The Hampton Designer Showhouse has been the showcase for some of America’s premier design talent. And has raised nearly $2M for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital over the years.
The Iconic Home by Architectural Digest & the Black Interior Designers Network
Opens September 27, 2021
For the second annual digital showhouse, The Iconic Home returns with 12 new ultra-talented Black interior designers and architects. A partnership between Architectural Digest and the Black Interior Designers network (BIDN), this year’s creatives will showcase their imaginative designs throughout a sustainable-centric virtual showhouse. Throughout the home, virtual visitors will get a glimpse forward at how environmental change starts at home. And that you can live both stylishly and sustainably.
Kingston Design Connection
October 8 – October 24, 2021
Following a long tradition of creative entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley, Kingston Design Connection brings together designers, artists, makers, contractors, and vendors to produce something truly unique in the region. The annual Kingston Design Showhouse is a key program for building community through design. Founded by Maryline Damour, co-owner of design/construction firm Damour Drake, 2021 will be the fourth edition of the Aspire Design & Home magazine sponsored event.
Holiday House x HGTV 2021 Virtual Showhouse
For the 2021 edition of the Holiday House Design Show the event went virtual in an effort to keep staff, designers, and visitors safe while continuing to raise funds for breast cancer research and keeping their design community engaged! Check out the Holiday House x HGTV virtual showhouse event here on HGTV.com. In-person events in 2022 have not been announced but you can stay updated here.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House New York
The Kips Bay Decorator Show House New York will return to Manhattan in the Spring of 2022 for its 48th edition. Stay tuned for details!
St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Decorators’ Show House, Indianapolis
The St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild of Indianapolis has raised and donated over $13 million for various health-research endeavors dating back to 1907. The Decorators’ Show House, established in the early ’60s, has played a major role in fundraising for such causes; the latest of which was the Eskenazi Health COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund in 2020. The 2021 Show House took place this past April & May, but the details on the upcoming 2022 Show House can be found here.
San Francisco Decorator Showcase
Since 1977, esteemed West Coast designers have used their talents and vision to transform estates and raise over $17 million for the San Francisco University HS Financial Aid Program. The 2021 Designer Showcase took place on May 22nd and included many prominent designers like Catherine Kwong of Catherine Kwong Designs, Martin Kobus of Kobus Interiors, and many more, all bringing their own taste of comfort and edge to the home. Titled New Perspectives the 2021 event can be viewed in an interactive 3D walk-through virtual tour, a great feature! Find out more information about the 2022 SF Decorators’ Showcase here.
Wisconsin Breast Cancer Show House, Milwaukee
Taking place in new WI homes each year, the Breast Cancer Show House for a Cure includes renowned designers and raises funds for breast & prostate cancer research at the Medical College of WI. Over the years, it has contributed over $5.8 million, which facilitated an additional $45.4 million in extramural support so that researchers could obtain grants from both the NIH & National Cancer Institute. This coming year’s event is set to open on June 4th, 2022. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
Like Kips Bay, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts goes the extra mile for their cause; funding 3 annual music programs and awarding gifts/grants to other music or art-oriented nonprofits. Today, the Pasadena Showcase House is one of the oldest and largest home-garden tours in the United States. To break it down, they support choirs, theaters, marching bands, dance programs, opera, jazz bands, and orchestras; all for the benefit and enrichment of the community. The next planned Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts will take place in mid-April until mid-May 2022: stay tuned for more announcements to be made about this event here.